Betsy DeVos is one of the eleven education secretaries of the US. She attained this position after President Donald J. Trump chose her on February 7, 2017. What amazes me is that she was appointed to this position based on her experience. For more than thirty years, she has served as both an advocate for children and as a voice for many parents like me. As such, she has been a leader who is dedicated to shaping the education system for us. Betsy is particularly passionate about coming up with reforms that are aimed at assisting the under-served children in attaining quality education. The act reflects her philanthropic ambitions in helping the society which inspires me.
Betsy DeVos’ interest in venturing into education sector started at an early age. Betsy’s interest was due to interaction with her mother who was a public school teacher. The interest in venturing into this field grew further when she was confronted with the reality of the education system after she sent her children to school. The challenge of the education system in America that she realized is that children are not granted equal opportunities. It interests me that the commencement of DeVos’ work in philanthropic activities began by first overseeing the activities partaken by leaders in her hometown in increasing the level of educational opportunities. Upon evaluation of this domain, she has become actively involved in fighting for rights of children and bringing better education in the nation. I am also impressed to know that DeVos worked for fifteen years in Grand Rapids Public Schools as an in- school mentor. Her tasks involved interaction with children exposed to various risks. DeVos asserts that her interaction in this platform altered her perception significantly towards education and has changed her life. Ever since she has worked as a leader, who empowers parents in addition to ensuring children get a quality education. Some of her achievements include the creation of new education choices for students in different regions across the District of Columbia and over twenty-five states. Since the year 1989, DeVos and her husband Dick have contributed tens of millions of dollars towards the philanthropic foundation. I have also noted that her family has also spent several millions of dollar in bankrolling Republican candidates. Other contributions of this family have been towards making conservative organizations improve on their activities.
Currently, Betsy DeVos is one of the members of a board named the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy. In the year 2015, DeVos made a significant donation to a think tank in Washington D. C. DeVos where her family contributed $750,000 and promised to add $1 million in future for funding it. In my view, her philanthropic activities towards improved education system were depicted when DeVos’ foundation contributed $10,000 to the Institute for Justice. DeVos’ Foundation also contributed $6,500 to a group that promotes diverse conservative view points of college students named Intercollegiate Studies Institute.
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